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Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 10:28 AM Reply

I was just thinking, in most countries it's illegal to watch porn if you're under 18. In some states of America you can't watch it until you're 21. But in England you can have sex at 16 legally, so does that mean therefore that we can watch but not participate in the porn industry?


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 10:29 AM Reply

Rating= 18

You cant watch and neither can I


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 10:31 AM Reply

i hate america even more...

letting you brits n your awesome accents fuck girls before you can buy things off the TV

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 10:37 AM Reply

Pornography films in question are subject to the ratings given like any other film sold publicly in this country. You'll know that mild porno can be sold relatively openly, with simple 18+ ratings barring anyone younger than that from watching it... erm, in theory. Some people are less familar with the R18 rating, which essentially works the same, only for what's usually hardcore porn. Films with this rating can only be sold in sex shops... that you need to be eighteen to enter.

Finally, the definition of 'child' as far as pornography goes was raised to 'anyone below eighteen ytears old' by the Sexual Offences Act 2003 - so no, sixteen year olds, despite being at the age of consent, can't legally act in porno.

Does that help?

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 10:39 AM Reply

It's like watching a film that's rated 18...


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 10:39 AM Reply

Here in Portugal you can have legally sex at 14 =D

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:09 AM Reply

wait, you mean its ILLEGAL to watch porn under that age? like cops come after you and shit??


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:12 AM Reply

At 1/23/10 10:39 AM, Gagsy wrote: It's like watching a film that's rated 18...

Exactly what I was thinking: you won't get arrested for viewing porn at 15, and if anything, it's easy to understand why so many young teenagers watch it due to the whole release of hormones.

Porn? Illegal for minors? Not at all.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:14 AM Reply

Porn? Illegal for minors? Not at all.

OH THANK GOD i was really worried. didnt want cops breakin down the door to arrest me, tha would be very embarrassing.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:24 AM Reply

At 1/23/10 11:09 AM, Grizzli wrote: wait, you mean its ILLEGAL to watch porn under that age? like cops come after you and shit??

No, not really. Like Gagsy and Mechabloby said, there's somewhat a different field of law between what's on paper and what gets carried out. There are legal ways of getting around the law, as far as I know - an adult making the decision that it's okay for a minor to watch 18+ films, and so on (the same applies to alcohol, tobacco, etc.). What I posted is just what's on paper, if we're talking legal matters to the bone.

The attitude here towards these sorts of things is generally very liberal. The police probably won't waste time tracking down a fifteen year old who watched a porno flick once, but with the current hot-button of child pronography, a suspicion of a minor being in a porno would probably be treated far more severely. On top of that, hardcore and alternative prono has always had a rather nasty stigma attatched to it, and the recent reaction to the murder of Jane Longhurst by Graham Coutts resulted in more attention being given to 'extreme pornography': a major debate amongst fans is that it's perfectly fine for an art school student (like yours truly) to watch said films for 'education', but it's going too far when a nasty-looking gentleman with a raincoat wants to watch it for other 'deviant' reasons.

So yeah, we have things on paper, but no one's going to really bother about a mild, run-of-the-mill deal, especially in the case of 'classic' adult cinema (see Deep Throat or In The Realm Of The Senses, frequently sold publicly as cult classics). Production is a different matter when it comes to minors...

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:28 AM Reply

Better question, does that meen I can watch it in the U.S?


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:29 AM Reply

At 1/23/10 11:09 AM, Grizzli wrote: wait, you mean its ILLEGAL to watch porn under that age? like cops come after you and shit??

It's illegal, but that doesn't mean it's enforced. Nobody will care unless you do it in a public place.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:31 AM Reply

Even if you do it in a public place people probably won't care. It is technically illegal, but never viewed as such a big deal.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:19 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 10:28 AM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: I was just thinking, in most countries it's illegal to watch porn if you're under 18. In some states of America you can't watch it until you're 21. But in England you can have sex at 16 legally, so does that mean therefore that I am a hormone infested pedophile?seriously I want an answer.when I ask it to random pedestrians they look at me funny and run away.I guess it might be the fact that they were all mothers walking with their children at Wal-mart but...I don't know...so please...tell it to me straight (but not to straight :3)

I don't really think buying porn is a problem,now that we have the internet.Hell,you can go to craigslist and eliminate having to have hand cramps.they won't care you're not 21 either.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:22 PM Reply

I live in Pennsylvania. The age of consent is 16 but you cant watch porn until you are 18. What kind of logic is that?

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:25 PM Reply

Yeah porn has always been a real sticky legal situation, generally the U.S. has more freedoms than the U.K. ,
I mean things that would be considered child porn in some other places are legal in the states.

I'm not taking about cartoons either, the movie "dirty pictures" does a pretty good job of documenting one of the most controversial trails in history.

But yeah in the u.k. I think you need to be 18 in order to purchase porn, hell even some books are restricted to minors, "American Psycho" ,"The Peaceful Pill" to name a few, so I highly doubt it would be easier for a minor to access salacious materials in the U.K.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:31 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 12:22 PM, WackyAnimation wrote: I live in Pennsylvania. The age of consent is 16 but you cant watch porn until you are 18. What kind of logic is that?

It's clearly superior logic to anyone else.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:34 PM Reply

I could fuck pigs when I was 13, so by your logic, I can legally watch other people fucking pigs at the age of 13.

So basically, no, you can't legally watch porn at 16.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:34 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 10:28 AM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: I was just thinking, in most countries it's illegal to watch porn if you're under 18. In some states of America you can't watch it until you're 21. But in England you can have sex at 16 legally, so does that mean therefore that we can watch but not participate in the porn industry?

the legal age for sex is 16 in Michigan other states it veries. here you cant watch till your 18 but we all do anyway lol.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:38 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 10:28 AM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: I was just thinking, in most countries it's illegal to watch porn if you're under 18. In some states of America you can't watch it until you're 21. But in England you can have sex at 16 legally, so does that mean therefore that we can watch but not participate in the porn industry?

I think it's still rated 18, knowing that here in sweden the legall age of having sex is 15 but the watching of it 18.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:38 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 12:22 PM, WackyAnimation wrote: I live in Pennsylvania. The age of consent is 16 but you cant watch porn until you are 18. What kind of logic is that?

Censorship policies based around conservative reactions tend to be devoid of logic and common sense by the end, which is why I find it all to be a fascinating topic. Your questioning is very much valid, as is much of the criticism of the 'extreme pornography' bit I mentioned above. One of my personal favourites can be read here from Lord Wallace of Tankerness:

"Clearly, if no sexual offence is being committed, it seems very odd indeed that there should be an offence for having an image of something which was not an offence. I can see nothing within the Bill that would stop a person having a picture of himself or herself engaged in that particular activity, which they would know was entirely consensual. Having engaged in it consensually would not be a crime, but to have a photograph of it in one's possession would be a crime. That does not seem to me to make sense."

It's as if you're liable to be charged with an offense every time you watch a violent Flash on Newgrounds. That's not the perfect way of putting it, but it makes me laugh either way.

Charging consenting adults also makes no sense, but I guess we're talking about kids here really.

At 1/23/10 12:25 PM, Celx-Requin wrote: But yeah in the u.k. I think you need to be 18 in order to purchase porn, hell even some books are restricted to minors, "American Psycho" ,"The Peaceful Pill" to name a few, so I highly doubt it would be easier for a minor to access salacious materials in the U.K.

Porno, like I mentioned above, is technically rated 18+, meaning purchasing the stuff underaged is, according to the law, not allowed... but yeah, she the posts after that.

I've never heard about books being restricted to minors here though. In fact, I bought American Psycho from a music shop when I was sixteen, and no one batted an eyelid at me.There were a couple more 'inappropriate' books I bought underaged too, Naked Lunch for example. I don't usually check out erotic sections - I think I bought Venus In Furs after I'd turned eighteen, but still, it was a popular book shop (Waterstone's). No one cared, I had the money to pay, simple as.

With regards to American PSycho, I'm led to believe you're actually thinking of Australia.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:40 PM Reply

What!? So I can fuck girls but I'm not allowed to wack off to the stuff that I do anyway?


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:42 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 12:40 PM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: What!? So I can fuck girls but I'm not allowed to wack off to the stuff that I do anyway?

You? Fuck girls? The mere notion is absolutely hilarious!


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:44 PM Reply

Your not allowed to watch porn in the same way your not allowed to pirate music.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:46 PM Reply

It's not really illegal for a kid to view porn. It's not as if a fifteen year-old who stumbled upon a Hustler left on the sidewalk or accidentally goes to fancyladies.com is going to get dragged away in a paddy wagon. It's more like it's illegal for an adult to knowingly sell or show pornographic material to a minor.


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:48 PM Reply

At 1/23/10 12:40 PM, GOTHCLAWZ wrote: What!? So I can fuck girls but I'm not allowed to wack off to the stuff that I do anyway?

Yeah, its kind of a grey area they need to look into.
Although, nobody really cares about ratings these days, its not like a SWAT team are going to barge through your door saying "Stand up! and zip up your trousers... slowly! (*whisper* no homo guys)"


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 01:18 PM Reply

Im 17, not legally allowed, but fuck it.
Im Dutch, so Im allowed to have sex, but you need another person to do that (and I rather be a virgin than have aids)


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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 01:30 PM Reply

Pornography, by definition, is really not necessarily "Illegal". Granted the site may claim as such, but the only reason for that is because a few parents don't want their 8 year old looking at porn, therefore it scares the child away. Another reason for this is from a legal standpoint. If the parents attempted to sue, the website could easily put up a defense using the disclaimer.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 01:41 PM Reply

dude, i started watching porn when i was 11.

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Response to Legal to view porn at 16 in the UK? Jan. 23rd, 2010 @ 01:44 PM Reply

People obey porn laws? Since when?


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